This was disclosed on Monday in Abuja by the Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI),Maj-Gen. Sarduana Davies, during the opening ceremony of a two-day training conference for deputy defence advisers/attaches and librarians titled: ‘The of Defence Attache System in Confronting the Emerging Challenges to Nigeria’s Security’.
Davies explained that the new template would be a departure from the past reactive intelligence to a timely and actionable intelligence.
According to him, the template was designed to be more “proactive intelligence and not intelligence based on incident report and stale news. which is ineffective”.
The CDI also disclosed that the agency was already reviewing the type of briefs it gives its Defence Attaches (DAs), adding “that there will be a formal briefing format for members of the family of defence sections and for officers proceeding on courses abroad”.
Speaking further, he said the DIA would ensure “timely and maximum information gathering that could be analysed into intelligence” to tackle the myriad of security challenges within and outside the country.
Davis stressed that the emerging security challenges of Boko Haram started about 15 years ago in the Middle East.
According to him, what the security threats currently ravaging the country should have been predicted earlier then as an emerging threat by Nigerian intelligence services, which was not possible.
As such, he added, Nigeria could not take appropriate preventive measures to nip it in the bud before it constituted a major security challenge to the nation.
The intelligence chief also emphasised that the growing sophistication of society coupled with increasing violence requires continues reappraisal of its operational tactics.